On A Mission Antigua 2017 January

On January 2, 2017, our whole family began a 2144 mile journey to the island of Antigua with a group from our church. Our mission: to aid a local Christian radio station with property maintenance.

We weren't complaining - From a dreary, cold and wet Indiana, to Caribbean sunshine and warm temps!

It took a lot of prep to get to this point, and we still had a long way to go...

Lots of waiting at different airports...

Our 'Wilson Train' made it through O'Hare Int'l airport in Chicago...

We trudged through Miami Int'l Airport after midnight...

An overnight layover in Miami, with shuttle rides and tons of luggage...

A total of three plane rides over two days...

After lots of strange sleeping positions...

Filling out immigration checklists for each of us...

Surprise selfies...

After enjoying many takeoffs and touchdowns...

After our eyes (and ears) were filled with an abundance of God's amazing creation...

Somewhere over the rainbow, way up high

After sharing naps with hairy man-strangers wearing buns...

After a lot of coordination, preparation, prayer and support...

After tracking 6 passports (and their owners) and fighting with each other through long immigration lines...

WE FINALLY MADE IT to Antigua!

And we still weren't prepared for what greeted us beyond the beautifully maintained grounds at the airport.

Rusty shacks for buildings
Lots of barred openings

A 25 minute ride with the driver on the wrong side of the car and the car on the wrong side of the road!

And our ride...it was an authentic experience bumping our way to the radio station in an old rusty van.

After an impromptu interview with a local explaining what bug bites will send you to the hospital and wondering exactly WHAT hospital and where?!...

We made it to our final destination and received the warmest of welcomes!

A nice campus with good food and soft beds, plenty to go around.

The smell of a home-cooked meal lured us all to the kitchen with growling bellies hungry for comfort.

We were served a delicious meal by the Johnsonbaughs.

It was heavenly after all that travel!

We all enjoyed it!

We cleaned our plates and drank REAL mango and passion fruit juice.

We got to know the missionaries and their friends...

After filling up on seconds, we even had some of Cookie's amazing homemade desserts!

Some of us even reconnected with old friends!

The kitchen clean-up crew had no complaints working with a beautiful view of the early sunset.

We all crawled into bed before 8pm, bellies full and exhausted from a long trip

Early the next morning the kitchen crew got busy prepping meals and snacks for the day.

7am and the lizard hunting begins!

The little kids keep busy with the animals
Brooke especially enjoyed the dogs

Before the sun comes all the way up, the guys are hard at it laying brick for the foundation of the generator room.

Cookie starts painting the exterior 2nd story of the ladies bunkhouse. The 2nd story will serve as the new location of the radio station.

Even the littlest people want to get in on the work!

Paint, paint and more paint!

Mission: two coats of paint on the exterior

Within our first 7 hours, our lady's paint crew had the first side completed!

And the guys worked nonstop on the foundation.

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